The Book of the Sword

The Book of the Sword

Paperback Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor

By (author) Sir Richard Francis Burton

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 18mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1988
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486254348
  • ISBN 13: 9780486254340
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 293ill.
  • Sales rank: 232,844

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Spanning the centuries and a wide range of cultures, Burton's rich and elegant prose illuminates the sword as both armament and potent symbol. For nearly all peoples of the world, the sword embodied the spirit of chivalry, symbolized justice and martyrdom and represented courage and freedom. In battle, it served universally as a deadly offensive weapon.

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Table of contents

CHAPTER FOREWARD LIST OF AUTHORITIES I. PREAMBLE: ON THE ORIGIN OF WEAPONS II. "MAN'S FIRST WEAPONS-THE STONE AND THE STICK. THE EARLIEST AGES OF WEAPONS. THE AGES OF WOOD, OF BONE, AND OF HORN" III. "THE WEAPONS OF THE AGE OF WOOD : THE BOOMERANG AND THE SWORD OF WOOD; OF STONE, AND OF WOOD AND STONE COMBINED" IV. THE PROTO-CHALCITIC OR COPPER AGE OF WEAPONS V. "THE SECOND CHALCITIC AGE OF ALLOYS-BRONZE, BRASS, ETC : THE AXE AND THE SWORD" VI. THE PROTO-SIDERIC OR EARLY IRON AGE OF WEAPONS VII. THE SWORD : WHAT IS IT? VIII. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT EGYPT AND IN MODERN AFRICA IX. "THE SWORD IN KHITA-LAND, PALESTINE AND CANAAN; PHŒNICIA AND CARTHAGE; JEWRY, CYPRUS, TROY, AND ETRURIA" X. "THE SWORD IN BABYLONIA, ASSYRIA AND PERSIA, AND ANCIENT INDIA" XI. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT GREECE : HOMER ; HESIOD AND HERODOTUS: MYCENÆ XII. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT ROME: THE LEGION AND THE GLADIATOR XIII. THE SWORD AMONGST THE BARBARIANS (EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE) CONCLUSION INDEX